As a Christian reaches out to others, it is important to be led of God. There is no doubt that Phillip was a Christian who was led by the Spirit.
Acts 8:29 “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.”
To be Spirit-led is to obey God. “And Philip ran thither to him…” Acts 8:30
Notice the Characteristics in Spirit-led Christians…
A. Sacrificing Comfort
A spirit-led Christian loses his life for Christ and loses his life in Christ. A surrendered Christian, serves the Lord as a living sacrifice and does not get entangled with the affairs of this life.
Phillip was willing to leave his comfort zone; leaving the multitudes to preach to one person in the backside of the desert. “…go toward the south… which is desert.”
B. Sharing Christ
Acts 8:35 “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.”
Phillip’s spiritual gift to the church was an Evangelist. You may not have this gift, but that does not mean you can’t share Christ. We learn from different Christians as God gives different spiritual gifts. Paul said to Timothy, “Do the works of an Evangelist.”
1. Invent – Be purposeful and create opportunities. Be available. Think of ways you can reach people with the Gospel. Testimony, Tracts, etc.
2. Invoke – Jesus encourages us to compel people, and Paul went about persuading others. Recognise the need of the hour.
3. Invite – Be diligent in asking others to attend events relating to eternal things. It may be a simple invitation to watch a DVD, testimony or read books that will help wet their appetite for the Saviour.
4. Intercede – Pray for people’s eternal souls, that their eyes will be opened to the truth.
C. Showing Care
This eunuch was keen to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ; he wanted to be baptized. However, Phillip cared enough to make sure that the eunuch completely understood what kind of faith he had to have in Christ before taking that step.
Acts 8:37 “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
A person cannot be halfhearted about the matter of salvation. This has to do with the destiny of an eternal soul. Phillip didn’t look at this man as a number, but rather as a precious soul.
Being spirit-led to encourage and challenge a person to detect whether they have understood the decision they will make or perhaps have already made is not judgmental, but rather showing a spirit of concern.
It is showing care to check. This is very important when dealing with little children. Phillip was not in any way insecure nor manipulative, but rather spirit-led.
In Acts chapter four the religious rulers were grieved that the disciples taught the people and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. They took the disciples and commanded that they should not speak or teach in the name of Jesus.
We must understand that there will be people in this day who will try to stop your mouth or forbid you to share Christ with others. As the disciples were threatened to stop, you also may be challenged to stop sharing the good news.
However, our response to this command must be the same as the early Christians.
Acts 4:19-20 “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
What will help Christians be bold, standing for Christ, and not being afraid nor ashamed?
The answer is:
1. A Unified Purpose
Acts 4:24 “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord…”
It is imperative that the Church of God be united together for the Gospel’s sake. What a blessing it is for a Christian to stand unashamed for Christ in these last days; but a greater blessing is when the Church stands together in unity, with one accord, not allowing the enemy to dim the light.
2. Acknowledge God & His Power
Acts 4:24 “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:”
When others cause you to fear, it is good to remember that we have a God that is almighty, and not one hair of our heads is able to fall to the ground unless He commands it. Remember GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!
3. Affirmative Prayer
Acts 4:29 “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,”
It is easy to for a Christian to be fleshly and fall into pride. However, they prayed and requested from God to have His power to speak the Word.
4. Answered Prayer
Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. “
“‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world.”—William Booth
Some reasons why the commission of Christ is great:
1. Great in its Mandate “…said unto them go…”
The fact that God has given this commission makes it great. We have a great God that has a great plan, and it is an absolute honour and privilege to be a part of it. We have a great commissioner that gives a great commission.
Psalm 145:3 “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.”
Psalm 135:5 “For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.”
2. Great in its Mission “…go ye into all the world...”
It is an overwhelming mission when you think about it. The church has the responsibility to reach out to its own community as well as around the world. However, we are not alone, the great God promises to be with us and give us the power to be able to fulfill His mission.
Matthew 28:20 “…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
3. Great in its Message “…and preach the gospel.”
a. The Gospel is good news (Forgiveness, restoration, and reconciliation)
b. The Gospel is powerful (Deliverance, new creature, changes lives)
Psalm 86:13 “For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”
4. Great in its Mercy“…to every creature. “
God’s great grace and mercy is not limited. It is available to all who would believe.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
1 John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”